Golf Training Aids

By Steve Silverman

You can't always get away to the golf course or driving range when you want to practice. Sometimes you will want to practice at home when you have a few spare moments. There are several aids that you can use that will help you build the kind of swing you want.

The McLean Breakaway Club

The McLean breakaway club is a practice club that can be used at home or at the driving range. It is a hinged iron that will break out of shape if the golfer makes a mistake in the swing. If the golfer has a poor takeaway, it will bend at a right angle so the swing cannot be completed. If the approach to the hitting zone is flawed, it will bend again. The same holds true if the follow-through is poor. The club identifies where the swing goes wrong so the golfer knows which part of his swing to work on.
(2009 price: $99.95)

SKLZ Practice Pod

Most golfers know they have to align squarely to the target, but it's easier said than done for many golfers. The SKLZ practice pod is a portable alignment guide that the player places at his feet. It shows where to put your feet and how far apart they should be from one another. You can use this in a friendly match until you learn exactly where to put your feet.
(2009 price: $19.95)

Golf Practice Cage

When you can't make it to the golf course or driving range, you can practice at home in a golf practice cage. This device looks a lot like a camping tent. It has a wide opening in the front through which you hit balls into a cage. This will help keep your swing honed and give you confidence when you play later on.
(2009 price: $74.95)

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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